Water data collection standards

Australians need accurate and reliable water data. As the national water information provider, we:

  • collect and compile water data
  • make it accessible to the Australian public.

Water information standards and guidelines support community understanding, comparison and sharing of nationally consistent water information.

National Water Information Standards

Under the Water Act 2007 (section 130, Part 7) the Director of Meteorology has the authority to issue National Water Information Standards by legislative instrument.

The Bureau has chosen not to issue mandatory standards under this authority. Instead, we work collaboratively with the water industry to develop and promote water information standards and guidelines.

Read more about the National Industry Guidelines for hydrometric monitoring, the National Industry Guideline for water quality metadata and the Water Accounting Standards 1 and 2 as examples of completed standards and guidelines. These contain industry recommended practice and are promoted for voluntary adoption. 

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